Baylor University Honors Outstanding Faculty for 2021-2022

May 4, 2022
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Baylor University campus, Waco, Texas (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (May 4, 2022) – Twelve Baylor University professors have been honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship and contributions to the academic community for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize the best all-around professors – including non-tenure track, tenured and tenure-track faculty – based on teaching capabilities, research achievement, effective committee service, time spent with students and civic and church involvement.

The designation represents a singular honor for Baylor faculty since the recognition comes from their colleagues. Each of the honorees will receive an award of $2,500, a citation and recognition by their department.

Outstanding Faculty 2021-2022

Teaching (tenured)

  • Jeremy Counseller, J.D., professor of law, Baylor Law
  • Jon Eckert, Ed.D., professor of educational leadership, The Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair of Christian School Leadership, School of Education

Teaching (tenure-track)

  • Jessica Akers, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology, School of Education
  • Kelly Jo Hollingsworth, Ph.D., assistant professor of music education, School of Music

Teaching (non-tenure track)

  • Rachel Woods, J.D., clinical assistant professor of management, Hankamer School of Business
  • Joel Weaver, Ph.D., senior lecturer in Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
  • Tommy Bryan, Ph.D., senior lecturer of mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences

Scholarship (tenured)

  • Jonathan Hu, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Tonya Davis, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology, School of Education
  • Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Scholarship (tenure-track)

  • Angela Gorrell, Ph.D., assistant professor of practical theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary  

Significant Contributions to the Academic Community

  • Michael Muehlenbein, Ph.D., professor, chair and graduate program director in anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.